|More than 25 years after he nearly ran out of gas there, Rep. Dave Hobson was finally able to fill up in Wilberforce Thursday at a new Speedway SuperAmerica gas station at U.S. Route 42 and Brush Row Road.|
Central State University President John Garland was so happy about the new oasis that he pumped the Springfield Republican’s gas himself, filling up Hobson’s Pontiac Montana SV6 after the Congressional credit card was swiped at the brand new pump.
“This will provide much-needed resources and services to this community,” said Garland. “Students no longer will have the fright of driving with their gas light on E, but it also will give some students the opportunity to get a job and get some valuable experience with Speedway.”
The development, named the Tawawa/Dave Hobson Plaza at a 1 p.m. ribbon-cutting, is joint project between Speedway SuperAmerica, which has its corporate headquarters in Enon, and the Tawawa Community Business Development Center.
In addition to the 2,500 sq. ft., 24-7 gas station and convenience store, the plaza contains 500 sq. ft. of retail space that is expected to be leased to a pizza parlor or other take-out restaurant. Officials at CSU and at Wilberforce University believe that’s something vitally important in a community with hundreds of college students and no pizza delivery or nearby fast food options.
It is not vitally important when you use my money so you can build a pizza stop and fill up your gas tank. This is one of the dumber earmarks I have read about in a while. You mean to tell me that after 25 years, Speedway or the local/state government couldn't have worked on this themselves? Given the speed companies build near colleges to capture a young people to be brand loyal and get a steady revenue stream, maybe the reason someone hasn't built anything until the taxpayer's money was used because it wouldn't be worth the trouble? Someone should sue to get back the money.
|In 2001, Hobson was finally able to secure an economic development grant totaling about $800,000 from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for TCBDC, and then worked to get Speedway into the partnership. Speedway eventually kicked in $800,000 and the Greene County Commissioners covered a funding gap of about $100,000, according to Jeff Payne, executive director of the TCBDC.|
The TCBDC owns the land and the building, leasing space to Speedway and the other tenant, while Speedway covers the cost of improvements to the site, including parking lot changes at the adjacent Wilberforce Post Office, Payne said.
Speedway Vice President Gary Buroker said his company plans to offer not only jobs, but internships and management training opportunities to CSU and WU students through the location.
“Sometimes you read in the newspaper people saying that earmarks are bad,” said Hobson, who is retiring from Congress after the current term. “But I’m probably more proud of this earmark and what it will do in the future than anything I’ve ever done.”
Absolutely wretched. It is no wonder why there is a growing number of Americans who think the government should be their mommy and daddy when garbage like this is approved.
Via Captain Ed.